Yin has its roots in Taoist philosophy, from which yin-yang theory derives. It is a practice of deep physical stretching, meditation and introspection. The ‘Yin' principles of stillness, silence and passive stretching guide the body-mind back into a state of balance from the imbalances caused by our very active ‘Yang’-like pace of life.
The sequences of floor-based postures are held for a minimum of three minutes which creates the ideal conditions for the deep layers of fascia within the body to soften, creating more space in the body and encouraging greater freedom of movement outside of the practice. Whereas more traditional forms of yoga are strengthening the muscles, yin yoga has more of a strengthening affect on the joints of the body.
It is a safe, mindful practice that is deeply grounding, relaxing, releasing and balancing. It also encourages deeper self-awareness, allowing the practitioner to be guided by their own inner wisdom in their daily life.
Transformational Hatha is a powerful system of Yogic techniques that can help us centre and balance our lives in a way that keeps us naturally emotionally stable, balanced, happy and healthy.
This integral system of yoga was developed by Swami Vidyanand in order to activate the inner resources that allow the individual to live in a state of equilibrium which can lighten the pressures of contemporary living. The practice combines powerful techniques from Hatha, White Tantra, Raja, Bhakti, Mantra and Kundalini.
The key aspects of a Transformational Hatha class are: